We’ve now reached the halfway point of the year, dear reader, and the ever-expanding Steel City has welcomed plenty of new venues to happily facilitate your eating, drinking and socialising needs. Here’s a roundup of some exciting newcomers who’ve arrived in the last six months…
Situated on Duke Street, a stone’s throw from the city’s famous Park Hill complex, Indian restaurant 5Tara has been open for dine-in meals since January and already the venue has built up a dedicated following, not just in the Steel City but across the North and Midlands too. Head down for some of the most authentic Punjabi you’re likely to find around these parts.
A popular addition to the Banner Cross area, Dark Horse opened its door in January and is regularly packed out by punters at weekends. There’s a nice, cosy inside with modern interiors, a decent drinks selection (including cocktails, if beer isn’t your thing) and possibly the biggest draw of all: sumptuous burgers and street food bites from Slap & Pickle.
The Spring Yard courtyard at Burton Road (situated behind the Peddler Warehouse) now contains a number of exciting food and drink establishments, making the spot a foodie haven all year round, not just on Peddler weekend. The latest addition is Roku, a sleek sushi restaurant from the guys behind the city’s popular Edo Sushi brand.
Bringing some adult-only crazy golf fun to Sheffield, Golf Fang opened its eclectic course to the public in April. The 38,000 sq. ft warehouse space on John Street is certainly an impressive sight, housing 18 holes of crazy golf action and decorated by local artists who have come together to cover every inch of the space in imaginative street art. Their on-site bar Birdies Bar will soon be added, serving up a wider drinks menu and hosting live music nights at the venue.
Taking place in the up-and-coming Victoria Quays area, the new monthly event Quayside Market brings a plethora of street food, craft beer, cocktails, family-friendly activities and independent traders to the heart of the canal basin. Running from 12-9pm, DJs and musicians soundtrack the festivities, which will be returning this month on Saturday, June 11.
The spacious new Turkish grill and restaurant is now open on Abbeydale Road, taking over the unit which formerly housed the My Local supermarket. Totally unrecognisable from its previous incarnation, the new venue comes complete with a whole new second floor, upstairs bar, conference and meeting rooms and space for well over 100 covers throughout the site, as well as another 65 by the river outside.
Steel Yard Kelham has welcomed its latest addition in Fat Mex, a vibrant Mexican street food venue. At the heart of the venture is an emphasis on providing an authentic Latin American experience, partnered with a few Steel City home comforts and all at fair prices. Expect everything from offers on tacos, churros and frozen margaritas to outdoor movie screenings and live mariachi bands.
Not a fresh opening per se, but a reopening of a hugely popular boozer by the team behind The Millowners Arms and Gaard Coffee. Retaining its distinctive character and charm, the 200-odd years old Ship Inn serves up the usual selection of beers and real ales, supplemented by bangin’ indie playlists, live sport and indie sessions.
Owners of CODE nightclub and popular West Street Irish bar Molly Malone’s opened Mr Wilson’s last month. The two-floor bar, also situated on West Street, combines modern and classic influences: there’s a contemporary cocktail bar featuring luxury seating areas around a large island bar, while at ground level the basement transports guests back to a 1920s prohibition era, with low ceilings, dramatic dark woods and plush upholstery.
Taking up a slice of prime foodie real estate in the former bank on the corner of Rossi’s and Urban Choola, Ms Mistrys is another addition to London Road’s bustling food scene. Inside, vibrant décor matches a lively party atmosphere: local DJs spin tunes and punters sip cocktails and Jaipurs. Expect authentic Indian food served in small tapas-style dishes, made to encourage culinary exploration and interaction amongst customers.
The Glossop Road gin bar and lounge, named after the classic rye whisky-based negroni, is nestled on the main road leading into Broomhill and offers a top-class list of unique cocktails, gins and wines. The industrial feel of the bar is mixed with chic and luxurious furnishings, making for a comfortable neighbourhood hangout.
German Doner Kebab
Taking up residence in the historic Telegraph House on High Street, this popular fast-food joint opened in March and slings out a variety of doner-filled items – from traditional kebabs toasted in pitta to mouth-watering burgers, quesadillas and high protein boxes. PS: The chilli cheese bites are insanely good.
The beer experts behind Cutlery Work’s Boozehound bar, as well as the Plough Inn out in Derbyshire, have opened their new micropub and café, The Boston Arms, on Chesterfield Road in Woodseats. The vibe is artisan coffee and bakes during the day, then craft beer and an as of yet unannounced street vendor taking you through into the evening.
Chop Shop Bar and Grill
The team behind popular Broomhill restaurant Butcher and Catch opened a sister restaurant in Kelham Island at the start of the year. Chop Shop Bar and Grill takes over the unit formerly occupied by The Tap House on Alma Street, and the venue specializes in chargrilled steaks, chops and meats, as well as rotisserie chicken, alongside a smaller number of fish dishes and sides.
A recent addition to the ever-growing restaurant offering on Eccy Road, Zaap Thai have brought a taste of Thailand to the former home of Mud Crab Diner. The interior is decked out like a bustling Bangok street food market, complete with tuk tuks, neon lighting and of course, a tempting array of tasty Thai cuisine.
Itchy Pig – Banner Cross
The OG Itchy Pig built a name for itself in Broomhill through an enviable beer offering and a warm, convivial atmosphere. Such was the success that there was a demand to open a second, slightly bigger unit across two at 946 Ecclesall Road. Expect more of the same from IP #2: a focus on quality real ales, plenty of hand-pulls, guest lines and rotating cask and keg.
Dough Truck Pizza
Sheffield’s sumptuous pizza scene received another boost in March, as Dough Truck Pizza arrived for a slice of the action. Growing from a wood-fired oven in the back of a vintage Land Rover, the family-run business has now settled into their Abbeydale Road home, slinging out handmade traditional Neapolitan pizzas and local tipples to hungry punters.
Kelham Island’s Saw Grinder’s Union, situated in the historic Globe Works courtyard, has been bringing some carnival vibes to the area featuring unique street food vendors and all-day DJ sets, alongside their own amazing burgers, craft beers and cocktails.
Doughboy, a gourmet cookie takeout company, recently opened its doors in Aberdeen Court, next door to Sheff staple Steam Yard. The new bake shop, which is a collaboration between Bullion Chocolate and Steam Yard, specialises in freshly baked cookies including its mainstay, a Bullion Milk Chocolate Chip, alongside a rotating weekly menu of five other cookie flavours.
Watch this space, Sheff…
The team behind Lucky Fox Diner and Terrace Goods have announced plans to convert the former Macpot unit at the top level of Orchard Square into a late-night dive bar. Expect characteristically chill vibes, craft beer, cocktails, live music, a pinball machine and a late licence until 2am. Lovely job.
As part of the upcoming Steel Yard shipping container development on Fargate, popular German street food specialists Get Wurst have confirmed they are making the move from their Two Thirds Beer Co. home on Abbeydale Road to the new city-centre site for their first solo venture. It will officially open on June 4.
Competitive bar games venue Roxy Ball Room will be opening premises in Sheffield this summer. The latest addition to the Heart of the City regeneration scheme, it will be located next to the Furnace bar/restaurant and join a list of venues already established including Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, and Bristol.
The owners of Domo have revealed they are set to reopen the rooftop bar in the Krynkl shipping container development this spring, just in time for some much-needed summer aperitifs. Kelu, which means sky in Sardinian dialect, will become a luxurious Mediterranean ‘sunset bar’ serving an exciting array of cocktails, self-service fine wines from an Enomatic dispenser and traditional Sardinian nibbles.
The finishing touches are being applied at Neepsend Social Club and Canteen, a modern re-imagining of a classic social club brought to you by the owners of the former Cutlery Works faves, Slick Chicks, who are also housing their amazing fried chicken and cheesecake restaurant in the venue, under the slightly new name of Slicks. The venue will be open soon at 92 Burton Road, next door to The Parrot Club and the Peddler Warehouse.
Rudy’s has announced it is set to bring authentic Neapolitan pizza to Sheffield this month, promising a ‘relaxed neighbourhood pizzeria’ in the former Lonestar Site on Division Street. Believing Neapolitan pizza to be the best in the world, their dough is made fresh daily using Caputo ‘00’ flour alongside the best quality ingredients imported twice a week from Naples.
Pom Kitchen II
Sharrow Vale Road favourite Pom Kitchen has been serving its local community with vegan deli treats since 2017, and its owner has now revealed plans to open a second location in Crookes this summer. Expect all the good stuff we love about Pom from the new, much bigger site on Northfield Road.
The former 19th Century mesters works and one of Sheffield’s most important heritage buildings is set for an exciting new future. Once fully refurbished, Leah’s Yard will feature a collection of high-quality local traders within ground floor studios, offering everything from furniture and clothes to artisan foods and ales, with unique spaces on upper floors to accommodate the best of Sheffield’s small businesses.
Cambridge Street Collective
Cambridge Street Collective will be run by The Milestone Group (Cutlery Works, Craft & Dough), who will deliver an exciting food hall and fine-dining venue that will also host a cookery school, live entertainment spaces and a fine-dining rooftop restaurant. It is currently scheduled to open in 2023.